Standing proudly on Main Street in Penn Yan is the anchor building of the Yates County History Center, the Oliver House Museum, one of three buildings comprising the YCHC. The Center, formerly Yates County Genealogical & Historical Society, is one of the oldest in NYS, has been actively collecting, preserving and interpreting history since 1860. Continue reading about us...

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Yates County History Center
  About Us  
    1876 Yates County Map  
  Book Store - Heritage Books & Gifts
  Calendar of Events
    YCHC Circle Logo - new design
  Digital Resources
    Kira Grape Label Collection, Keuka Lake
    Kira Grape Label Collection, Seneca Lake
    Kira Grape Label Collection, Finger Lakes
    Kira Grape Label Collection, Hudson Valley
    Kira Grape Label Collection, Lake Erie
    Kira Grape Label Collection, And More
  Donate & Support Yates History Today
  Exhibits Online
    Here Come the Brides: Yates County Wedding Fashions, 1761 - 1992
    The Doctor Is In - The Doctors Oliver and 19th Century Medicine in Yates County
  Genealogy & Research
    Abraham H. Bennett
    Samuel Fosdick Curtis
    Lodowick Disbrow
    Penn Yan Academy Graduates 1866 - 1949
    Penn Yan Democrat Births, Marriages & Deaths 1899-1949
    Penn Yan New York by W Wolcott 1914
    James Raplee
    Robert Selden Rose
    Catharine Spencer Scrapbook Index
    Swann Collection Index Non-Yates County Place Names
    Swann Collection Index Yates County Place Names
    Hezekiah Townsend
    Solomon D. Weaver
    Women Who Made A Difference
    Yates County Newspapers - General Comments and Search Examples is a guide for searching NYS Historic Newspapers
    Yates County Newspapers - A list of the newspapers that have been digitized
    Yates County Place Names
  L. Caroline Underwood Museum
    L. Caroline Underwood
    L. Caroline Underwood Permanent Display Collection
  Links of Interest
    Membership Form
    Business Members
      The Lyons National Bank
      Marble's Automotive
  Newsletter Article Archive
    A Walk Down Memory Lane (a.k.a. Main Street, Penn Yan, 1945)
    Apple Evaporator
    August, 1927
    The Day Tom Thumb Came to Penn Yan
    Douglass, Frederick - The Slaveholders' Rebellion
    Finch's Store in Rock Stream
    Flu Season 1918
    From the Schofield Letters: Admiral Frank H. Schofield
    From the Schofield letters: Emancipation Day, 1896
    From the Schofield Letters: Medical Matters
    From the Schofield Letters: Remember the Maine - Part 1
    From the Schofield Letters: Remember the Maine - Part 2
    From the Schofield Letters: The USS Constellation
    From the Schofield Letters: The "Wheeling" Craze of the 1890s
    From the Schofield Letters: Yates County's Admiral and Pearl Harbor
    Genealogy: Write About Yourself
    The Irish in Yates County
    John L. Lewis
    Keuka Lake Steamboat "Wars"
    Lake Keuka, Text and pictures taken from Illustrated Keuka
    The Last Man at the Benham
    The Last Passenger Train From Penn Yan
    Lewis Pott's Ice Cutting on Keuka Lake
    Mom and Pop Grocery Stores in Penn Yan
    Okinawa: The Ernie Pyle Connection
    The Old School: PYA in the 1930s
    A Penn Yan Band in Chicago (1933)
    Penn Yan Colored Giants (1925)
    Penn Yan Cuban Giants (1924)
    Penn Yan's Cold War "Thaw"
    Penn Yan's Whale Tale
    Penn Yan's Woman's Rights Convention 1855
    Research: Community Columns in Local Papers
    Research: Tales From the Atlas
    Research: Tales From the Atlas #2
    Research: Tales From the Atlas #3
    Seneca Lake Ice-Sheets, the freezing of its waters in 1855
    Stephen A. Douglas
    Susan Miller Dorsey
    TR Speaks in Penn Yan (November 1900)
    This Unidentified Photo
    The Question That Won't Die: Is One of George Washington's Personal Secretaries buried in Dundee?
    VJ-Day in Yates County
    Walkerbilt, building material dealer and woodwork manufacturer
    We've Been Asked: Who WAS Robert Ingersoll?
    Wild Bill Albertson and His Miller Special
    World War I: The Yates County Homefront (1917 - 1918)
    Yates County and Women's Suffrage
    Yates County Fair Once Attracted Carrie Nation and Billy Sunday
    Yates County Home Guard (1917 - 1919)
    Yates County Remembers the Lake Street Fairgrounds
  Oliver House Museum
    Oliver Family
  The Scherer Carriage House
  Visitor Information
    Mennonite Etiquette

Open Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
107 Chapel Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527
Phone 315.536.7318 | Fax 315.536.0976
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